An indispensable tool for high-schoolers, undergraduates, or even amateur enthusiasts, Writing World War II teaches the craft of history writingaby example. In a series of thoughtful essays, Sylvie Murray examines American involvement in World War II and how it has subsequently been portrayed by historians. Murray addresses three broad topicsathe prelude to war, the war effort on the home front, and the atypical experiences of soldiersain an effort to recapture the mixed emotions of the time and the larger forces shaping public opinion. Her work challenges the traditional notions of qthe greatest generationq and qthe good war, q and explores viewpoints that have been largely ignored in popular retellings. The book serves a dual purpose, critiquing the approaches of various historians while at the same time offering Murray's own writing as a model for constructing a persuasive essay. But as Murray is rightly critical of one-sided historical arguments, Writing World War II offers another layer of analysis and instruction throughout. At various points in the book, her fellow historian Robert D. Johnston chimes in to assess Murray's prose, demystifying her techniques while helping you to become more critical of all sorts of historical writingaincluding your own.The main purpose of Writing World War II is to invite students to think critically about historical writing itself. ... Through a series of essays on the American experience of World War II and short commentaries that point to the ... Questions pertaining to the nationalist or internationalist nature of American identity, to the political culture of America at war, and to citizensa#39; experiences of war are explored.
|Title||:||Writing World War II|
|Publisher||:||Macmillan - 2011-08-02|